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oh, sad and happy day

July 30, 2020

How is this day different from other days?  Well, it was announced that the U.S. economy just had the worst financial quarter in its history, unemployment claims rose again and even the abbreviated seasons of major sports seem in peril.  Trump tweeted that he might delay the election, which is not within his power, but it drew exceedingly strong opposition from Major Lackey Lindsey Graham, who responded “I don’t think that’s a particularly good idea.”

But none of that matters as much today, because the world buries one of its best humans ever.  U.S. Congressman John Lewis, born to Alabama sharecroppers, was a titan in the Civil Rights Movement.  He met Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at age 18, organized lunch counter sit-ins, was one of the original 13 Freedom Riders, was the youngest speaker at the mammoth March on Washington, and had his skull fractured on Bloody Sunday.

Known for his warmth, humour and humility, Lewis was elected to the U.S. House in 1986, representing most of the Atlanta area.  He was re-elected 16 times, only once getting less than 70 percent of the vote.

Until his death, he walked the walk.  At 5′ 6″ tall, he cast a colossal shadow in American history.

Please join in the celebration of his life with this.



  1. AL MCCLARAN permalink
    August 1, 2020 9:13 am


  2. Anonymous permalink
    August 3, 2020 2:51 pm

    A nice tribute Allen to Lewis, and thanks for the link to that song. Loved hearing it again. IT

  3. Gordon permalink
    August 5, 2020 2:57 pm

    And the strongest promotion of Joe Biden for President was watching three past presidents eulogize Lewis at his funeral aside Trump’s empty pew.

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